St. Catharines council backs changes to NPCA board

City of St. Catharines councillors have endorsed a proposal to select citizens to sit on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority board.

The idea, spearheaded by Pelham council, comes after concerns have been raised about the NPCA particularly staffing issues and questionable land purchases.

Port Dalhousie councillor Bruce Williamson who made the motion says the conservation authority should have members who legitimately care about preserving the natural environment.

But NPCA board member Bruce Timms unsuccessfully argued the plan puts unaccountable, unelected members on the board who will determine tax levies.

Currently, the majority of board members are Niagara Regional councillors.

Under the proposal, board members would be selected by local councils through an application process.